Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School College Preparatory Academy

 At Lighthouse College Preparatory Academies (CPA), we make an extraordinary promise: if a scholar graduates from our College Prep Academy, he/she will be accepted to a four year college or university.  We keep that promise, through rigorous standards and an arts-infused curriculum that prepares students academically, socially and culturally for success in college – and beyond.  We are fully accredited with the Arkansas Department of Education.


Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 417
Grades: 7-12
Date Opened:
Principal: William Felton


Annual Events

  • Arts Exhibits
  • Fall Showcase
  • Winter Showcase
  • Teacher/Scholar Basketball Game
  • Monthly Parent Night
  • Talent Showcase
  • Annual Dances
  • Exhibitions
  • College Trips
  • Senior European Trips
  • Senior National Trips
  • Community Service Projects
  • Homecoming
  • Prom

Extracurricular Activities

  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Cross Country
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Cheer
  • Dance
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Student Council
  • Mock Trial
  • Quiz Bowl
  • GSA
  • FCA
  • Film Studies
  • Theater
  • Stock Market Game
  • A.S.C.E.N.D. Program
  • High School Gifted and Talented Program


  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Department of Defense Educational Activity (dodea)
  • Military K-12 Partnership
  • University of Arkansas - Diversity Affairs Outreach
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Pulaski Technical College
  • Museum of Discovery
  • Bale Chevrolet
  • Association of Energy Engineers
  • Paradise Christian Leadership Academy
  • Virtual Arkansas
  • Jacksonville Theater Company
  • Arkansas Electric Engineers


Accreditation Status 2015-2016- Accredited Smart Core CPA Parental Involvement Plan 2016-17 Arkansas LHCS Calendar SY 16 17

In the case of inclement weather, if the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District closes, so will Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter Schools.


  • 2 - 8th/9th Boys and Girls @ Sylvan Hills
  • 3 - Scholars Return to School
  • 3 - JG/JB/SG/SB @ Lisa Academy North
  • 13 - 1/2 Day - Parent Teacher Conferences start @ 12:30
  • 13 - ACT Registration Deadline
  • 14 - All Region Band Auditions
  • 16 - No School
  • 17-18 - Once on This Island Auditions
  • 18- Board of Director's Meeting@12:30pm- JLCS Main Campus Library
  • 19 - Senior Parent Night 6pm
  • 23 - Homecoming Game SG/SB @ Home (Boys and Girls Club)
  • 24 - CPA Independent Films @ Discovery Museum in Little Rock
  • 28 - Homecoming Dance 8pm-12am
  • 31 - Deadline for Senior Ads in the Yearbook
Scholars in AP Literature finished their study of Hamlet by creating stage blood and reenacting the death scenes from memory.

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Extra-Curricular Programs

Financial Reports

MI Transparency Reporting

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School News

School Supply List

Student Applications


School Leaders


Will Felton

Mr. Felton is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Grand Canyon University. He has served in education for 16 years at many grade-levels and under various administrative titles. Mr. Felton is National Board Certified, received the STAR Educator Award from the U.S. Department of Education and the ING Unsung Hero Award. He is a graduate of the Arkansas Technology Program, National Writing Project, and the ESL Academy. Currently Mr. Felton is pursuing his doctorate in Organizational and Educational Leadership. This is Mr. Felton's second year at Lighthouse.
Director of Teacher Leadership

Vekissa Wilson

Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She earned her first master’s degree in Education with emphasis in Instructional Technology from AIU Online and is nearing completion of her second master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Harding University. Ms. Wilson has been a servant leader in education for 18 years as a secondary English teacher and Literacy Instructional Facilitator. She has served as lead for curriculum teams and has written curriculum for large urban school districts. She is National Board Certified and has certification in English as a Second Language. Ms. Wilson is the Co-Founder and President of Next Generation Mentoring Program for adolescent girls and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This is Ms. Wilson’s first year with Lighthouse Academies.
Director of Teacher Leadership

Ralph Cosio

Mr. Isaiah Cosio
Mr. Cosio is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and has been in education for three years as a classroom teacher, team leader, and mentor. He has served as a mentor for the UCA Master of Arts in Teaching program and was recognized as the 2013 Mentor of the Year. He recently graduated with his Master of Science in School Leadership, Management, and Administration. This is Mr. Cosio’s sixth year with Lighthouse Academies
Director of School Culture

Henry Kleckley

Mr. Henry Kleckley
Mr. Kleckley graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2002. Upon graduating with a degree in Youth Ministry, Kleckley began his career in education as a substitute teacher for K-12. He served as an intervention counselor for three years as he founded and coordinated the Successful Intervention Program for a local elementary school. In this program, Mr. Kleckley served as a mentor, counselor, and tutor for scholars who were at risk of academic failure or suspension. Mr. Kleckley taught ELA for eight years, serving as a certified READ 180 Facilitator during that time period. He has mentored and coached student teachers, masters of arts teachers, and novice teachers. Mr. Kleckley was voted as “Teacher of the Year” by Lighthouse scholars for the 2014-2015 school year. Currently, Mr. Kleckley is part of the Inaugural Cohort for the Charter Leadership Institute hosted by the Arkansas Public School Resource Center. This Mr. Kleckley’s fifth year with Lighthouse.
Director of College Transitions

Barrett Petty

Barrett Petty
Dr. Petty graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. He received his Master of Science in School Counseling from John Brown University. Dr. Petty received his Educational Specialist in Counseling from Harding University. In December of 2015, he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from the University of Central Arkansas. His dissertation focused on what factors caused African American males in Arkansas to graduate from college. Moreover, Dr. Petty has presented at several national conferences on the topic of African American males in secondary education. He also has a publication discussing authentic leadership in the K-12 educational setting. Dr. Petty has had 10 prior years of public education experience including teaching secondary mathematics and being a school counselor. He has been a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for over 15 years. This is Dr. Petty’s third year with Lighthouse.


Become a Lighthouse Academy Student

Discover, achieve and prepare for success in college and beyond. We will prepare your student academically, socially and culturally to succeed in and graduate from college.  We will develop your student’s critical decision-making skills to prepare him/her for success in life.  Lighthouse Academies offers small schools, small class sizes, longer school year, and longer school day so we can provide students with a high quality education. Don’t wait – apply now to transform your child’s future!

Join Our Team

Are you fearless, driven and forward-thinking? We need people who want to teach, lead and transform the lives of our students. We need people who share our passion for creativity and innovation. We are committed to developing the capacity of our staff with 20 professional days each year, individual coaching and collaboration. Join us in transforming children’s futures.

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Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School College Preparatory Academy

251 North 1st Street, Jacksonville, AR 72076, USA

34.8687782 -92.1079559
Tel: 501-985-1228
Fax: 501-985-1233

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